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Computer vision gains groundToday’s Spotlight features a photo-illustration by Christine Daniloff/MIT with images courtesy of the researchers. A team of MIT neuroscientists has found that some computer programs can identify the objects in these images just as well as the primate brain.

For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly. Until now, no computer model has been able to match the primate brain at visual object recognition during a brief glance. However, a new study from MIT neuroscientists has found that one of the latest generation of these so-called “deep neural networks” matches the primate brain.

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High potential

High potential

Today’s Spotlight uses a photograph, taken by Bryce Vickmark, of Tomás Palacios, the Emmanuel E. Landsman Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

“I wanted to make sure that the new ideas that we were generating could find a path toward society,” says Palacios, the newly tenured Emmanuel E. Landsman Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. “In industry, I was sure that would happen; I was not sure how it would work in academia.”

“What I found when I came here,” he says, “is that MIT is really an amazing place to get all these new ideas out and to collaborate with industry to make sure that the new concepts and new ideas coming out of the university environment find their place in real products and applications.”

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